December 7, 1958 ~ October 11, 2022

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Elder Vincent Lamont Harris, Sr. was born December7,1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the youngest son of Warren Jerry Harris, Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth (Bernice) Harris. His parents were founding members of Sanders Temple, Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder James L. Sanders and Mother Ida Mae Sanders.

He was educated in the Indianapolis Public School system and graduated from Arlington High School. He continued his education at IUPUI and Butler University.

Elder Harris married Geneva “Jenny” Brown and to that union, two children were born. He was a giant to his wife and family. He was proud of his children, but his relationship with his grandchildren was on another level. His grandbabies, McKenzie Harris, Paisley Murphy and Landon Harris, who affectionately called him Dad, were always his priority. He covered his family with love; through him, they saw God’s heart. They love him dearly and were blessed to share him with many others.

He was employed at Lavenia & Summers Home for Funerals for many years where he was affectionally known as Elder. Elder loved ministering to families and enjoyed the time spent with his work family. In his earlier years, he taught grade school and music classes. He retired from IUPUI after 20 years of service but continued to work in the music ministry and the funeral home.

He was a member of Sanders Temple, Church of God in Christ for 59 years, under the leadership of Pastor James L. Sanders and Pastor John C. Davis, III. Elder Harris accepted his call into the ministry in 1980. He served in several capacities, including YPWW President of J. L. Sanders Memorial district, President of the Sanders Temple Ministers Alliance, and Leader of the Together with Christ Marriage ministry. Through his leadership, during youth YPWW classes and 5:30pm prayer services, he led many young people to Christ. In recent years, Elder Harris was under the leadership of Pastor Percy White, Family Worship Center, Church of God in Christ. For the past 4 years, Elder Harris enjoyed being Music Pastor at The Bridge Church, under the leadership of Pastor Jerry McCamey. Elder Harris loved God, the church and ministry.

Music has always been an integral part of Elder Harris’ life. He has been singing and rendering concerts since the age of four. Many times, he would stand on a table to be seen and was introduced as Master Vincent Harris. During his early life, he was under the tutelage of the legendary, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. He has accompanied many gospel-recording artists such as Reverend Timothy Wright, Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole, Fred Hammond, Dr. Iris Stevenson, Donnie McClurkin, Dr. Judith Christie McAllister, Shirley Caesar and Douglas Miller.

Elder Harris became the local Minister of Music at Sanders Temple when he was16 years old and served in that capacity for over 40 years. He served as District Minister of Music for the James L. Sanders Memorial District for many years under the leadership of Superintendent James R. Darty. He also worked with the International Church of God in Christ as Assistant Director of the Children’s Ministry for many years. Elder Harris served as the Vice President of the Midwest Regional Music Department (8years) under the leadership of Superintendent Edgar (Petey) Madison, Jr. He has been the Jurisdictional Minister of Music for the Indiana 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (25years) under the leadership of Bishop B. A. Sanders. Elder Harris served as the Minister of Music (7years) and Youth Department director (5years) for the Puerto Rico Jurisdiction under the leadership of Bishop Elton Amos. The ministry work in Puerto Rico was very important to him. Elder Harris was honored and received a 2017 Indianapolis Legends Award for his 40+ years of dedication to music ministry.

He loved to travel, especially to Florida to visit his granddaughters and go to the beach. He spent so much time in Florida the past few years, many in Indianapolis often asked him when he would be back home to visit. Elder Harris was one of a kind. He knew all the names of his teachers and remained in contact with many of them. He encouraged continual learning and often it came at the expense of his children. He never hesitated to encourage them to learn something whether they were interested or not. During a trip to Holiday World, he had them stop and read all the signs at the front gate, detailing the history of the park. Vince and Liz said, “Dad, we want to go to the rides.” With a big grin on his face, he said, “we will after we finish reading about the park.” When he rode past churches in the city, he always shared any historical facts whether his family wanted to hear it or not. Another pastime of Elder Harris was calling his family and friends and keeping up mischief. He enjoyed the back-and-forth banter, laughing and joking with those close to him. Elder Harris loved calling and teasing his sister. Frequently, he would chat with his nephew, Warren (Alicia) Harris, III (Pedro), nieces, Yvonne Renee Spight (Angel) and LaTonya Renee Harris who saw him as a father figure. He cherished them dearly and was an integral part of their upbringing. Elder Harris also loved chatting and cavorting regularly with his Godson, Mark Elmore, cousin Elder Kevin B. Beamon and friend, Jason Jones.

He was our hero and prayer warrior. Our hearts are broken, and we are forever changed. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.      –Mahatma Gandhi

Elder Harris is preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Warren “Baldie” Harris, II.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Geneva “Jenny” Harris; son, Vincent (Dea) Harris, II; daughter, Elizabeth (Isaiah) Harris-Murphy; sister, Ida Yvonne Harris (Fritz);sister-in-law, Brenda (John)Harrison and a host of other relatives and friends.




Viewing: October 21, 2022 5:00 pm - October 21, 2022 7:00 pm

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Musical Tribute: October 21, 2022 7:00 pm - October 21, 2022 9:00 pm

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3400 N. Post Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Viewing: October 22, 2022 10:00 am - October 22, 2022 11:00 am

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Funeral Service: October 22, 2022 11:00 am

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Indianapolis, IN 46226

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  1. Jenny, on behalf of the entire Lilly Discovery Chemistry Lead Team and Chemistry community, please know that our Team Lilly thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time. We are with you.

  2. Jenny and family, Beth and I extend our prayers to your family in this time of loss. We wish you peace and fellowship with family and community. You are in our hearts and minds.

  3. Warmest condolences and prayers for you Jenny and your entire family. May the Love that surrounds you and the Peace that passes all understanding be with you during this difficult time.
    From me personally and the Lilly Global Medicines Development IDS team.

  4. Sis. Jenny, Lizzy & Vince, the Stansberry family extends our heartfelt sympathy & prayers to you and your family in the loss of one of the world’s greatest Ministers of Music. We held Eld
    Harris in high regards & respect. We thank God for the gift that he was to our family, especially in the passing of my spouse. Harris family, thank you for sharing the gift of Eld. Harris, your husband, father , & grandfather with us. God bless & comfort you.

  5. 🙏🏽 My condolences and prayers for you and your family. I Pray that the Lord Jesus Christ continue to comfort and strength the Grace of God.💐

  6. Jenny my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss. May God keep you and provide strength to you and your entire family in the days to come.

  7. Vince and family, we at Quest are very saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. On behalf of Quest please know that we are thinking of you and you are in our hearts. VAnita & Sam Yadav

  8. Jenny, I want to extend my deepest condolences to you and your entire family over your recent loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I know that God is looking upon you and is keeping your husband in his arms.

  9. Jenny, please accept my deepest condolences. You have been such a blessing to your dear husband. Please know that you are being lifted up by many with thoughts and prayers during this time. Nancy

  10. Jenny, so sorry to hear this news. Know that we are all thinking of you and your family and send blessings of peace and comfort in the days to come.

    Madonna Loudermilk

  11. Dearest Ginny, You and your family are in my prayers for God’s comfort and strength. I will talk with you soon. Love always, Faith

  12. To the family of Elder Vincent Harris Sr.
    Please except our deepest sympathy to your family in this time of bereavement. May God encircle your hearts with His love.
    Humbly submitted The Old Landmark COGIC FORT WAYNE IN. BISHOP Elton Amos MD, MPH

  13. Jenny,
    We just want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all and if there’s anything that the Carter family can do please do not hesitate to call upon us. With Love,
    Elder and Missionary Carter and family

  14. Dear Sister Jenny and family. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We have been and will be praying for you! I thank God for having been saved under Elder Harris’s leadership. We thank God for His life.

  15. Julie and I send our prayers and warmest wishes to the entire family. I greatly appreciate the time Elder and I worked together.

  16. Although it has been several weeks or a few months I still find it difficult to think that Elder Harris “got his hat and his coat” and left out of here…even though he went to be with the Lord in a far better place, I still shake my head as if to say, “no.” can this be?
    I express my sincere delayed condolences to the entire family of his wife, Sister Harris, his children, and other family (including my friend, Mamie).
    God bless and keep you all.

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